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Monthly Archives: August 2006

One Million More Legitimate Posts

I find it amazing that 70% of the pings that Technorati receive are from known spam sources, yet they are able to drop them before they’re indexed.

After looking at this graph, it seems that there are about one million more “legitimate” posts today, than there was about six months ago – a total of 1.6 million legitimate posts per day.

After doing some quick math on those numbers, myself, this means that there are more than 3.7 million pings from spam sources, each day. This figures out to about 42.8 posts per second that are posted by splogs, yet filtered out by Technorati. Amazing.

ADDED: The numbers might be what I call “amazing”, but Kevin Burton thinks that the numbers are overly optimistic and dangerous. He explains it well.


Was 9/11 an ‘Inside Job’?

When 36% of the citizens of the United States believe that it is likely that the US government was behind what happened on September 11, 2001, is it still considered a conspiracy theory?

If you find this hard to believe, I suggest taking a look at Loose Change, keeping an open mind. There are many more examples of this, but this is a good place to start.

It seems that some people that find it hard to believe that more than two-third of the citizens are this distrustful of their government. Why is that so hard to believe? I know a lot of people that have lost all hope in their own government. I realized how many I knew when I tried to get people (friends and family) to get out and vote, recently. Most of them were not going to vote, due to some sort of distrust of the government.

Compare that with any “actual” voter turnout, and then imagine how many citizens have the same excuse for not voting.

Photojournalists Faking It?

Oh yeah! It looks like some photographers are “creating” their own version of reality, now. I picked this story up at MetaFilter, but I wonder how many more of these “faked” pictures we’ll see. Unbelievable! Literaly!

In the picture, you can “clearly” see that a Photoshop “clone tool” was used to create a lot more smoke than was really there.

ADDED: I wonder how many more pictures were edited. At least one person has now been fired over this. All 920 images taken by a freelance Lebanese photographer have been removed from the Reuters database. Even more from the NYT, via Gateway Pundit.

Less Than I Would Have Thought

A recent report done by iMedia Connection shows that 22% of college students write blogs. Only 43% of the college students that completed the survey spend 10 hous or more on the internet.

I would have thought that both of these numbers would have been higher, actually. From the study, it looks like most of them are likely to respond to “humorous”, rather than “fact-based” advertisements.

Even though these numbers are lower than I would have imagined, it seems that the internet is used, more than any other medium for communication and research.

Mike Rundle Wants To See You Naked

With a great list of “do’s and dont’s” for producing video, Mike says that if you get naked, he’ll definetly come back, looking for more. He says that if you make a fool of yourself, sing, dance, run around, it’s more interesting to him. His main points were that he doesn’t want to see copycats or boring video.

While I agree that nobody wants boring copycats, and a lot of people look for the “nakedness”, I’ll go a step further and say that if you’re ugly, don’t do video! I don’t care if you have the most exciting videos on YouTube. If you’ve “ever” looked in the mirror and wanted to change something about yourself, because you look like hell, don’t put yourself in front of the camera and subject the rest of us to the horrible images.

One thing that just doesn’t work is naked ugly people! Nobody wants that. Not even other ugly people want to see that!

Dave Winer’s Disappearing Posts

I’ve seen this happen a few times in the past on Dave Winer’s blog. I’m not exactly sure what’s happening, but it looks like he’ll publish something, then (within a few minutes or so) he’ll delete the post. I never mentioned anything about this, but I thought that this time was a little more important for me to focus on.

I should point out that I have always looked up to Dave (and still do), for many different reasons. He has always been a sort of blogging father figure to me, and I have a lot of respect for him. When he doesn’t follow his own rules or advice, though, questions are raised, in my mind.

Dave Winer has always made a big deal out of being “transparent” when blogging, so that when you read a post, you know the angle that the writer is coming from. Anybody that knows him, knows his political and religious views. He has also been a big supporter of having permalinks, so that individual posts always have a unique URI.

EDITED: When re-reading this on August 2nd, the post is now visible at the permalink. Make sure to read his note, at the end of the post, for the reason why this happened.

Without saying anything else, here is a post that Dave wrote last night, them promptly deleted, for some reason. I searched his site, but there is no sign of the permalink, or any referrence to the story. It showed up in my feed reader at 11:58pm CST:

Israel is wrong

I know I’m going to catch hell for this, but it’s time to say something.

Israel is wrong. There aren’t two sides to this anymore. I’ve heard all I want to hear from Israel. It’s time to stop the attack on Hezbollah, withdraw back into Israel, stop firing bombs into Lebanon, and shut up for a while and let everyone else sort this out. It’s not just Israel’s problem. There are hundreds of millions of lives at stake in the Middle East, and this time not only has an Arab country, and that’s what Hezbollah is, withstood Israel’s attack, but they’re also clearly justified in their response to the Israeli attack.

Hezbollah has every right to have defenses against Israel. If I’m not mistaken, Hezbollah didn’t start firing rockets into Israel until they were attacked by Israel. Okay, they took two Israeli soldiers hostage. And now Israel has killed hundreds of Lebanese, destroyed large parts of the country and its infrastructure. It’s enough already. Even a Jew like myself sees how wrong the Israeli position is.

Maybe there’s a silver lining here, maybe Hezbollah, having won not only a military victory, but also a political victory, maybe they can see their weapons as defensive, if not now, maybe soon. Especially if the western powers help get Israel to stop attacking.

Look, I’m not a diplomat, I don’t speak for a country, I’m just telling you what I think. I don’t expect a thoughtful response, but enough is enough, it’s time to say something.

I’m not even going to comment on the content of the post, itself. I think that it definetly should have remained visible on his site, though. No matter what your opinion of what he wrote is, I think that it can be agreed on that this post means more than many of the other things that he had written about, lately.